Decebal Scriba b. 1944
Decebal Scriba’s activity in the 1970s, which was overlooked following his emigration to France in 1989, has been recently subjected to a vast process of revisiting (and implicitly, of being placed in a historical context), curated by Olivia Nițiș, through the agency of two exhibitions arranged at the Victoria art Center in Bucharest and the Călina Gallery in timișoara. the extensive recapitulation of these projects and experiments highlights today a strong conceptual interest which is, I dare say, even singular in the romanian art of that decade. the coordinates of those works open up many levels, including, on the one hand, that of the analysis of the systems of representation and production and reproduction of space, alongside that of the conceptualization of the (visual, mathematical and textual) signification systems and, on the other hand, at the level of a private, interiorized and nearly existential assumption of the artistic act. the latter always takes place at the unstable border between the inside and the outside, which it transgresses and at the same time suspends, installing the temporary separation between the autonomous space of the self, understood as a filtered interiorizing of the existing symbolic regime, and the public one, specific of the conventional, impersonal and normative codification. this intimate process of reflection on the language and artistic process becomes the catalyst for the visual notes, codified according to a personal, sometimes linguistic, other times mathematical algorithm, which are more often than not enigmatic or abbreviated, and exposed to the public.
(Excerpt from Cristian Nae /A Field of Possibilities – Decebal Scriba and The Semiotics of Appearance published inRevista Arta #21-22/ 2016, Bucharest, Romania)